Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Ricciardo Wants More From Red Bull

Ricciardo Wants More From Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull won the Chinese Grand Prix of the Formula One championship on Sunday in hugely impressive style, surging from sixth place as he took advantage of multiple incidents to leapfrog over his rivals.

The Australian is out of contract at the end of 2018 and there are potential openings at Mercedes and Ferrari.

"I definitely want to be with the best vehicle", he told Australia's Channel 10. If not, then I guess there's probably other options.

Asked whether, on Sunday's evidence, Red Bull had a vehicle that could challenge for the championship, Ricciardo reserved judgement.

Ricciardo got quicker and quicker and took the lead on the 45th lap of the 56-lap race, overtaking Valtteri Bottas with a dive on the inside past the Mercedes driver.

"I think it's still too early to say yes", he said.

Ricciardo won the Chinese Grand Prix at the weekend to strengthen his rising stock. I think two years I can definitely be comfortable with and then see it from there. "If that isn't already signed, would Mercedes go for the four-and-a-half-year younger Ricciardo instead?"

Ricciardo is in the final year of his contract and has been linked with a move to Mercedes or Ferrari.

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Bottas has outperformed Hamilton in the last two races in Bahrain and China, but had a hard time in the opening race of the season in Australia, crashing in qualifying and finishing eighth.

If Ricciardo is aiming for a Mercedes seat, he will face stiff competition from Force India's Esteban Ocon, who is a Mercedes-contracted driver.

However, Ricciardo explained that he would be happy to stay with Red Bull if they can win the world championship this term.

His perfectly-timed charge was in stark contrast to team-mate Max Verstappen's end to the race, as the Dutchman was penalised and criticised for his shunt into Vettel. But the Monegasque driver is still a little raw and prone to mistakes particularly in the first three races of his F1 career this season for Sauber.

The 29-year-old is keen to join a team that will facilitate his ambition to win an F1 drivers' title and is ready to wait until the midway through the current campaign before making a decision.

As a measure of form, Shanghai was more significant than Australia or Bahrain - both won past year by Ferrari's current championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

He cited Ferrari's race strategy in China that appeared to hurt Kimi Raikkonen as evidence that things may not be so great elsewhere.

If Ricciardo was told he would be put contractually in the same position, he would be unlikely to find that attractive.

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